Runoffs Galore, Plus Common Core Testing Decision

Runoffs Galore, Plus Common Core Testing Decision

Wow -- impressive. CTU and its allied forced a runoff for City Hall and a bunch of city council seats, and the referendum on an elected school board prevailed by a wide margin.  Meantime, CPS has apparently decided to stick with its plan to "pilot" the new PARCC Common Core assessment rather than administer it citywide as ISBE and USDE demand. Testing starts next week, according to the CBS Chicago story. 

ELECTION RESULTS

18 Runoffs In Chicago Wards Progress IL: Emanuel received 46 percent of the vote and Garcia pulled in 34 percent of voters' support. Wilson came in third place with 11 percent of the vote, while Fioretti and Walls rounded out the race garnering 7 percent and 3 percent of the vote, respectively.

Political dynamics change as Emanuel, Garcia move into runoff campaign Clout St.: In the sometimes quirky and symbolic math of politics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel lost the expectations game Tuesday, even though he captured more votes in a re-election bid than any of the four rivals hoping to unseat him.  See NYT: Rahm Emanuel Forced Into Runoff in Bid for Second Term as Chicago Mayor.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel forced into April runoff election WBEZ: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote Tuesday in his bid for a second term, an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff who now faces a runoff this spring against CTU-endorsed Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

Chicago Mayor Emanuel gears up for runoff for re-election against County ... Minneapolis Star Tribune: He drew on his contacts with community organizers and support from the Chicago Teachers Unions, whose leader, Karen Lewis, considered a mayoral bid before being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Two West Side aldermen facing runoff Chicago Sun-Times: She was endorsed by the Chicago Teachers Union. “I think the voters are sick and tired of being sick and tired,” Stamps said, adding, “For us this is quite a victory. Nobody believed this was even possible.”

ELECTED BOARD REFERENDUM

Referendum on elected school board nets 83% to 93% yes votes in 37 wards Chicago Sun-Times: Besides sending Rahm Emanuel into a runoff, voters in 37 wards sent another message to the mayor on Tuesday, favoring an elected school board that would reduce his power and control over the Chicago Public School system.

Chicago voters set to back non-binding referendum on elected school board Chicago Tribune: Voters in 37 wards were poised to overwhelmingly endorse an elected Chicago Board of Education, according to preliminary tallies Tuesday, a non-binding outcome that nonetheless promises to stoke a long-running debate.

TESTING

Confusion Continues Over Standardized Testing In Chicago CBS Local: According to CPS officials on Tuesday, PARCC will not be administered citywide. They still intend to only administer it to 10 percent of Chicago schools. The pilot program was the solution CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett presented Chicagoans. 66 schools, or about 10 percent of schools, would take the test, allowing the city to better judge how to improve and implement the test in the future.

Chicago Public Schools is borrowing once again Chicago Tribune: Large debt issuances are fairly routine for the massive school district with a total debt load of about $6 billion. Chicago Public Schools borrows hundreds of millions of dollars annually and pays off hundreds of millions of dollars a year in principal and interest.

CPS: Dismissal of pregnant teachers was 'consistent with business necessity' Chicago Tribune: In its first formal response to a federal discrimination lawsuit, Chicago Public Schools denied the principal of a Northwest Side elementary school targeted pregnant teachers for dismissal and asserted performance ratings and layoff decisions that affected.

UNIONS

In Anti-Testing Push, Unions Turn to Polls, Ads TeacherBeat: The New Jersey and Connecticut state affiliates of the National Education Association are mounting aggressive campaigns.

How Twitter is shaping the #CommonCore debate Hechinger Report: Supovitz says that ordinary citizens and grassroots groups have used Twitter to gain the type of influence – both with politicians and the mainstream media – that has traditionally been enjoyed by more established groups.

Los Angeles Unified's teachers union faces test of organizing strength LA Daily News: The print shop below United Teachers Los Angeles' headquarters cranked out 7,500 signs for protestors to carry when they descend on downtown Thursday, demanding higher pay, fewer students per classroom and better working conditions.

Union members protest Wisconsin right-to-work bill ahead of likely passage Guardian: Wisconsin’s Republican state legislature pressed ahead with their plan to enact “right to work” legislation aimed at curbing union power, clashing with labor leaders at a contentious committee meeting on Tuesday.

OTHER PLACES

The Great U.S. History Battle NPR: The College Board redesigned the framework for its Advanced Placement U.S. history course, and many conservative lawmakers aren't happy about it.

Feds Find Discrimination Against Female Athletes in NYC Schools WNYC: New York City denies violating federal law, but agrees to changes to expand high school sports options for girls.

Taylor Swift Gives $50,000 in Song Proceeds to NYC Schools AP: Global ambassador' Taylor Swift donates $50,000 in song proceeds to NYC public schools

Feds support transgender teen in civil rights suit against schools Washington Post: Federal officials have offered their support for a teen who has accused four Michigan school districts of discriminating against him because he is transgender.U.S. civil rights laws protect “all individuals from sex discrimination, including transgender individuals,” lawyers for the Justice and Education departments wrote in a statement filed in federal district court.

L.A. Schools Reboot Plan to Give Every Student a Computer District Dossier: The Los Angeles Unified district doesn't have the money to continue with plans to provide all students with a tech device, superintendent Ramon Cortines said.

D.C. Defends Plan For School That Would Serve Only Minority Boys WAMU: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan to open up an all-boys high school for minority students is facing new questions from the ACLU.

NATIONAL

Photos Of School Lunches From Around The World Will Make American Kids Want To Study Abroad HuffPost: Parents could model better eating habits and stock their crispers with fresh fruit and vegetables, but a viable starter solution might begin at lunchtime. Sweetgreen, a healthy quick-serve restaurant that values local and organic ingredients, clarified disparity between American student lunches and those of other countries by photographing typical school lunches from around the world. The visuals are eye-opening.

 

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